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State Senator Roderick Wright was convicted of perjury in January after lying about his residence. (credit: senate.ca.gov)

California Assemblyman Favored To Replace Disgraced Senator

A termed-out state assemblyman was favored Tuesday to succeed state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned in September after being sentenced for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

12/09/2014

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Lawmakers Push For Changes To Higher Education

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, introduced SB15 on Tuesday that would increase state funding, redirect funds from a scholarship program, and charge a higher rate to out-of-state students.

12/02/2014

State Sen. Kevin de Leon (credit: CBS)

California Leader Preps For Expensive Swearing-In

Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles has invited 2,000 guests, including about 200 officeholders, to witness his swearing-in as Senate president pro tempore during a Wednesday ceremony at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

10/14/2014

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Lawmakers Approve Measure That Would Make Calif. First To Impose Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

08/30/2014

State Sen. Kevin de Leon (credit: CBS)

Senate Elects Los Angeles Democrat As Next Leader

By voice vote, the 40-member chamber elected Sen. Kevin de Leon to succeed Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, who will step down Oct. 15, about seven weeks after this year’s legislative session has ended.

06/16/2014

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Senate Approves Bill Criminalizing Synthetic Drugs

The bill by Democratic Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton targets synthetic marijuana or stimulants known as “spice” and “bath salts.”

05/29/2014

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Senate Approves Tying Minimum Wage To Inflation

The bill’s author, Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, says it’s needed to help lift low-wage earners out of poverty.

05/29/2014

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Could Be Suspended Without Pay

The state Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the Legislature to suspend members without pay.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/27/2014

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Bill Requires Payments For Misusing Campaign Funds

AB2692 by Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino passed Monday 69-0 and heads to the Senate.

05/19/2014

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California Bill Protects Kids From Domestic Abuse

Sen. Fran Pavley, a Democrat from Agoura Hills, says her SB910 would close a loophole in state law that excludes children from coverage under protective orders for domestic violence.

05/01/2014

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State Lawmakers Take Ethics Training In Wake Of Corruption Scandals

State senators in Sacramento are receiving a refresher in ethics as part of the fallout from a series of legal cases involving two Southland lawmakers this year.

04/23/2014

State Senator Ron Calderon (left), State Senator Roderick Wright (right) and State Senator Leland Yee (not pictured) were suspended by the state Senate. (credit: senate.ca.gov)

California Senate Erases Websites Of 3 Suspended Lawmakers

The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/07/2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill, April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defective Switch

Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.

04/07/2014

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Senate Democrats Cancel San Diego Golf Fundraiser In Wake Of Criminal Proceedings

The state Senate leader has canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/01/2014

State Senator Roderick Wright was convicted of perjury in January of lying about his residence.(credit: CBS)

GOP Move To Expel State Sen. Rod Wright Fails To Gain Traction

A state Senate committee will not consider a Republican resolution seeking to expel a Democrat awaiting sentencing on perjury and voter fraud charges.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/12/2014

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